Can a urinary tract infection affect your kidneys?

Yes. Bladder infection can reach the kidneys if bladder (vesico-ureteral) reflux is present, also some bacteria have little arm like projections (fimbriae) and can crawl though the bladder valve and up ureters to kidney. Bacterial infection in the kidney is pyelonephritis which can make suject very ill & cause plenty of damage or if untreated even destroy the kidney. Thus all utis should be treated.
Yes. A urinary tract infection can start anywhere in the urinary system of which the kidneys are a part of. Usually the infection develops in the bladder but the infection, if severe enough or left untreated, can migrate up the ureters to the kidneys causing a severe infection called pyelonephritis.
Yes. The kidneys are part of the urinary tract. I hope i answer your question. My line of practice is in surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and all illnesses as a secondary support management of complementary medicine.

Related Questions

Will my kidneys hurt when I have a urinary tract infection?

Sometimes. Your kidneys will not hurt with an uncomplicated urinary tract infection, which just effects the bladder. But if the infection backs up into the kidneys and infects the kidney, this is called pyelonephritis, which usually causes the kidneys to hurt. This is a more serious infection, and requires a longer course of antibiotics. Read more...

What to do if I have some pain in my kidneys and I also have a urinary tract infection. Is that what causing it?

Need evaluation.. If you have a uti, and now have developed kidney pain, then you might have a kidney infection +/- kidney stones. You need to be seen immediately because sometimes this requires hospitalization to treat. Read more...

How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection?

UTI. Kidney infections are more serious and cause fever, chills, flank pain and cloudy urine classically. Bladder infections usually cause urinary frequency and burning and at times there can be blood in the urine. Cultures are done to document infection and identify the offending organism. Read more...

What are the differences between a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection? What symptoms are different?

UTI. "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. Read more...

Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Kidney infection. Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. In general, a bladder infection should not ascend to the kidneys unless there is an anatomic abnormality with the ureters. (reflux). Read more...

I want to know what is the difference in symptoms of urinary tract infection and kidney stones?

Can be similar. Flank pain, blood in the urine, frequent urination and pain when urinating can all be cause by both of these problems. Typically, however, back, flank or groin pain predominates with kidney stones and pain during urination dominates in uti. Read more...